With the world facing the Covid pandemic and Afric’s resources and readiness under the spotlight, another harsh reality of the dire economic situation has shown its ugly face. This after 64 suspected illegal immigrants were found dead inside a sealed shipping container in Mozambique.
More than 60 suspected undocumented migrants from Ethiopia were found dead on Tuesday in a cargo container in Mozambique’s northwest Tete province, a hospital official said.
A truck transporting illegal immigrants from Malawi, suspected to be Ethiopians, was stopped at the Mussacana weight bridge in Tete, and 64 people were found dead. Only 14 survived,” the senior official, who asked not be named, told AFP.
The news has sent shockwaves across the continent as illegal immigration remains a big problem across the globe.
Late last week, South Africa announced that they would be erecting a 40km fence at the Beitbridge border post to curb illegal immigration and also the spread of Covid-19.
Relating to the fence, South Africa’s Public Works and Infrastructure minister Patricia De Lille said
“This is to ensure that no undocumented or infected persons cross into the country and vice versa, in line
with one of the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in that South Africa’s borders and ports are to be secured with immediate effect,” said De Lille.